Monthly Archives: November 2012

The head of DARPA discussed in Military Times that the US was falling behind in technological superiority.

American Writer - Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo

The US declines in the technological superiority has been predominant for the last 50 years! That is what prompted me to write my doctoral dissertation on developing a practitioner, which are both the manufacturing expert and a trained researcher! A certification system that combines both very important skill sets that can influence technological superiority by using all the modern research tools available today.

It appears the technological progress has taken the traditional educational realm out of the equation, perhaps moving too fast. From a researcher’s perspective, the traditional research community lacks the understanding, and the necessary skills to communicate at the many productive levels of the modern business and manufacturing cultural strength! The traditional researcher lacks the level of urgency, because traditional funding comes from places that prescribe research direction, and the results.

Old research understanding does not stand up to sharing information in the digital age, at the modern speed of learning.

In my opinion, funding tends to drive the research in the direction that is less progressive, less likely to support new initiatives and technological advancements! Old research understanding does not stand up to sharing information in the digital age, at the modern speed of learning. The education community that is made up of practitioners from the established business and manufacturing communities have the potential to change the technological superiority trend to a growth perspective once again!

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

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DISCON~NECTED The Gap Between K12 & Higher Education

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The true power of higher education has been receiving a great deal of attention in the media lately. Thisexposure appears to gain greater momentum during the national elections. Modern U.S. high school students have developed heightened educational ambitions. More than 88 percent of middle school students surveyed expect to partake in some form of postsecondary education. In October 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 68.3 percent of 2011 high school graduates were currently enrolled in colleges or universities. American College Testing (ACT) released the 2012 edition of “The Condition of College & Career Readiness” report based on information collected from high school graduates taking the ACT College and Career Readiness exam.

This year is the first time more than half of the U.S. high school graduating class took the ACT exam. The data reported indicates that more than a quarter of the students did not meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks for English, mathematics, reading and science. The results clearly suggest that a significant number of studentsenrolled as college and university freshmen this fall have not been adequately prepared by their high schools to produce college level work or to adequately perform in a rigorous higher education environment (Lawrence, 2012). This lack of preparation is not an entirely new phenomenon; the Stanford Policy Brief released in 2003 indicated that 40 percent of students in four-year institutions took some remedial education as compared with 63 percent at two-year institutions. These rates are symptoms of a greater problem: Our high-school students are not prepared for college and university work, a reality that has clearly become the norm. The current compulsory education systems result in a lack of understanding among students, parents and K-12 teachers regarding what conditions students require to be able to succeed in higher education (Venezia, 2003). A contributing problem is a lack of student preparedness – the education preparedness link between high school and college simply does not exist.

High schools teach from knowledge bases and skill sets that do not fulfill college entrance and placement requirements. This lack of consistency leads to students graduating from high school under one set of academic principles and, three months later, finding themselves required to participate under a completely new set of academic principles in college and university settings. As a result, higher education resources are fruitlessly spent on inadequately prepared students – education dollars that could be better spent cultivating knowledge that would prove relevant to higher education and prepare students for successful, productive futures. We can all agree that students entering higher education without the basic skills needed to be successful, competitive and truly efficient.

Is the end goal a set of deliberately defined classes of people? Regardless, we as a community are wasting our number one resource: our children” Dr. Pete

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “The greatest ally in controlling your response to your circumstances has been a quality education. But today, when I can look at your Zip code and I can tell whether you’re going to get a good education, can I honestly say it does not matter where you came from, it matters where you are going? The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are.”

Clearly, students’ locales determine the standard of education – and this standard has become a dollars-and-cents problem. Poor communities have a demonstrably lower quality of education. Does this discrepancy really have financial causes, or do schools have too many standards and no accountability? Is the end goal a set of deliberately defined classes of people? Regardless, we as a community are wasting our number one resource: our children.

The main problem as I see it is that the students’ preparations between high school and college are not linked; pondering the need for this “linked” element leads me to surmise that perhaps social media and its limitless education outreach could possibly support the joined efforts of many stakeholders in education, resulting in reducing or eliminating the K-12 and college/university disconnect altogether. To test this idea, I turned to LinkedIn. LinkedIn purports itself to be the world’s largest professional network, with more than 175 million members; the site permits its users to exchange knowledge, ideas and opportunities with a large network of professionals.

This exchange of knowledge and ideas stimulated me to write this article. I posted the following question on five education-related discussion groups on LinkedIn: “I believe higher education cannot create success unless K-12 does; what do you say?” I found that many members shared a similar opinion to mine, regardless of where the members were located in the world. The current education systems are not prepared to address students’ needs across education systems, many members agreed, and no one is held accountable for issues related to student transitions from high school to college/university. This was the consensus among LinkedIn professionals from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Trinidad/Tobago, Australia, India and South Africa.

These ideas were suggested as solutions during our discussion:

1. Greater talk about the skill of learning; increased communication internally and externally with the entire education community

2. Equipping students for learning for the rest of their lives, both for higher education and for life beyond college

3. Competent administrators who have a clear vision of what 21st century teaching and a removal of the “this is how we have always done it” mindset from the education community

4. Removal of barriers earlier in K-12 to create a quality education environment before postsecondary education

5. Adoption of ideas that work, which are shared with the entire education community

6. Parent involvement and resources offered to parents that instruct them on how to support their children in learning

7. Provision of “thirteenth-year” counselors at the high school level

8. Creation of partnerships between colleges/universities and elementary/high schools

9. Please Google “Successful Transitions And Retention Track (START)”, a program that takes high school dropouts and creates amazing success stories. Perhaps the education community can take this concept and engage students before they drop out of school altogether and create this type of successful environments in high schools

From these nine points, a picture emerges of engaging students earlier in the education process and promoting a successful educational transition from K-12 to higher education. For this to happen, partnerships must be formed between colleges, universities and their local K-12 schools. I believe that the great minds and spirits of all our citizens are clearly our number one natural resource. Collaborative efforts between the K-12 and the higher education community are important and powerful. Modern technology forces change upon us at an unlimited pace; can the education community keep up and adapt to this change while improving education quality? Since belief is 99 percent of reality, I believe the education community can keep up and adapt to this change while improving educational quality when we collaborate, communicate and equip students to learn for the rest of their lives.

Read the entire article featured in Career College Central Magazine, November 2012 addition page 54.

Citations:

Lawrence, J. (2012). “ACT Report Shows 2/3 of US Students Aren’t College-Ready.” Retrieved from EducationNews.org, August 2012, (2)

Zelkowski, J. (2011, May). “Defining the intensity of high school mathematics:Distinguishing the difference between college-ready and college-eligible students.” American Secondary Education, 39 (2), 27-49. Available from:Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA.

Venezia, A., Kirst, M., Antonio, A., (2003). “Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K-12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations, Final Policy Report From Stanford.” University Bridge Project., 72
by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

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On Veterans Day 2012 – It Comes Down to Role Models

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My father-in-law, an 90-year-old WWII Veteran has his own outlook in life that we could all study and learn from. He loves attending my 12-year olds son Dante’s flag football games. This past Saturday’s game was a blowout, and Dante’s team won 32 to 6; Grand Dad could not be more proud, cheering Dante on from the coaches’ box the entire game, analyzing the plays when they ended well, and especially analyzing the plays when they did not end as planned. That day the team had three coaches pacing back and forth…

The teams coaches all come over to greet Grand Dad wearing his USS Massachusetts’ Battleship Navy blue hat. He said to one of the coaches that the kids learn a great deal from you, the coach responded I learn just as much from them. My father-in-law has always been a positive role model, promoting family, honor, country over oneself. He said to me when the coach walked away, that he is an astute fellow. He is right; the role model quality of life comes in many forms; we learn from teaching, coaching, and all mentoring initiatives. The learning that returns from the child provides much more encouragement to the adult; perhaps sometimes we take this understanding for granted.

Our humanity is a perpetual learning phenomenon… What we learn we live by, and we share experiences from womb-to-the-tomb. These shared experiences keep all of us consistently anchored in our precious and delicate humanity. Dr. Pietro Savo

Gran Dad & Kids

My father-in-law was on the shakedown cruise for the USS Massachusetts in 1942; to this day, he still knows every inch of that mighty battleship. After the flag football game, we celebrated at McDonalds. This old war veteran receives a great deal of joy from watching his grandson, and with a handful of tag along friends treated for the victory, with chicken nuggets, hamburgers, fries and cokes. Along with the many priceless conversations between the 12-year olds and an 90-year old war hero that ensued.

Undoubtedly, it comes down to role models, we learn, we live, and we are much better off because of role models!

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

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With modern liberty, the weapon of choice is always the voting box…

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With modern liberty, the weapon of choice is always the voting box. The 21st century has brought about great change, with the invention of the Internet, e-mail, and mass media. No corner of the earth can escape good or bad news. The phenomenon of speed of light communications today, is completely relentless. There are absolutely no boundaries to communications in the 21st century. For that reason, the weapon of choice to make a change today must be communicating with voice, combined with the power of the voting box.

Every citizen of the United States has this power to agree or disagree with his or her elected politicians. The tool to make change in this enormous political environment of today is the voting box. Once an American citizen achieves the age of eighteen years he or she has the right to vote.

We must focus on this right to vote, we must deliver our mandates through the use of this voting box.

The voting box must always be the present-day and future weapon of choice because, the greatest force in our republic is its people and their right to vote.

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